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UAB Studies How Stigma Affects Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

The global community has set goals of virtual elimination of new child HIV infections and 50 percent reduction in HIV-related maternal mortality by the year 2015. Although progress has been made in expanding prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services, there are still serious challenges, given low rates of utilization of PMTCT services in many settings. Dr. Janet Turan, associate professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and her colleague, Dr. Laura Nyblade, of Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International, recently conducted a strategic literature review and scan of both peer-reviewed and grey literature to examine how HIV-related stigma affects utilization of the steps women from low-income settings must complete for successful PMTCT.